Pearlette Louisy

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Her Excellency
Dame Pearlette Louisy
GCSL GCMG
Dame Pearlette Louisy at her desk at Government House in Castries, St. Lucia.jpg
Governor-General of Saint Lucia
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 September 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony
John Compton
Stephenson King
Preceded by George Mallet
Personal details
Born (1946-06-08) 8 June 1946 (age 68)
Laborie, Saint Lucia
Alma mater University of the West Indies
Laval University
University of Bristol

Dame (Calliopa) Pearlette Louisy GCSL GCMG (born 8 June 1946) is the Governor-General of Saint Lucia. She is the first woman to hold this office, into which she was sworn on 19 September 1997.

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Born in the village of Laborie, Louisy attended the Laborie Infant School and Primary Schools. In 1960 she proceeded to the Saint Joseph's Convent on the Javouhey Scholarship. In 1966, a year after the completion of her secondary education she was awarded the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in English and French at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados.

In 1972, she was awarded the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to pursue a M.A. degree in Linguistics, in the field of Didactics at the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. In 1991, she proceeded to the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, where she read for a Ph.D. degree in Education.[citation needed]

Louisy has contributed significantly to the development of Education in Saint Lucia, having spent most of her professional life in the teaching profession. During the periods 1969-72 and 1975-76 she taught at the St Joseph's Convent. From 1976 to 1986, she served as a tutor of French, and was subsequently appointed as Principal of the St. Lucia A Level College. When the A Level College and Morne Technical School merged into the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, she first served as Dean, and was subsequently appointed as the Vice Principal and Principal of the College.[citation needed]

In 1999 Louisy was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of Bristol. On 16 July 1999 she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
George Mallet
Governor General of Saint Lucia
1997–present
Incumbent